Comics

Authored by: Julio Cuevas , Sebastian Thies

The Routledge Handbook to the Culture and Media of the Americas

Print publication date:  March  2020
Online publication date:  March  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138479821
eBook ISBN: 9781351064705
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781351064705-26

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Abstract

Comics (historietas in Spanish; histórias em quadrinhos in Portuguese) are a multimodal medium and art form that combines graphic storytelling with written text in culturally codified ways. In comic theory, this combinatory aspect is regarded as a defining feature of comics, along with the sequentiality of the comic narrative. In the words of comic-theory pioneer Scott McCloud, a comic can be defined as a “juxtaposed pictorial and other images in deliberate sequence, intended to convey information and/or to produce an aesthetic response in the viewer” (1994, 9).

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